November 24, 2008 Wellness

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy in a Tough Economy

A veterinarian with a dog

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy in a Tough Economy

For nearly a century, serving our neighbors has been at the heart of The Animal Medical Center’s mission. We understand that during these tough economic times, cutting expenses is on all of our minds. Pet owners who may be looking for ways to cut costs could be tempted to scrimp on pet care to save money. But this strategy soon may turn out to be more expensive when a little problem becomes a big crisis. Maintaining your schedule of preventive healthcare with your family veterinarian is the best way to identify health issues early so that they remain treatable problems.

1. It is better to be proactive than reactive, so continue the routine examination schedule recommended by your veterinarian, and follow their recommendations for vaccination, heartworm, flea and tick preventative.

2. Be sure you feed your pet a complete and balanced diet for their age, but buy in bulk to save money.

3. Just because you buy food in bulk, don’t feed it in bulk. The porky pet is at greater risk of diabetes, arthritis, urinary tract disease and certain tumors.

4. Brush your pet’s teeth daily to remove plaque and prevent tartar build up. You can use a soft human toothbrush or a special “finger puppet” toothbrush made for pets. Don’t use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to pets. Just plain tap water or a pet approved toothpaste is best for your pet.

5. Take a daily walk with your dog. It’s great exercise for both of you and doesn’t cost a thing! Download our exercise posters for dogs and cats.

6. Purchase pet insurance, particularly while your pet is young and rates are lower. For any aged pet, owners buying pet insurance should investigate exclusions related to specific breeds carefully so your pet has optimal protection.

7. Be sure to ask your pet groomer, boarder and doggie day care facility if they are providing discounts on their services, as they often do during the holiday season to promote their services.

8. If you notice a problem, don’t hope it will go away – visit your veterinarian!

The AMC is a world-renowned nonprofit veterinary hospital and teaching institution. Through our wide range of specialty services, we provide the highest quality care available to companion animals. In fact, The AMC was founded in 1910 specifically to care for the pets of New York’s less fortunate citizens. We continue that tradition through our compassionate community funds, which have provided free and subsidized care to thousands of animals in need.
For more information about The Animal Medical Center and our charitable funds, please visit our website at: www.amcny.org.

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